Archive for November, 2011

Give Thanks!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to remember how important our pets are to us and be thankful that they have Doggie Thanksgiving Dinnertouched our lives.  Here are a few suggestions for how you can let your pet know how much you appreciate them:

Share your feast

Some Thanksgiving Day staples are safe for pets to share, in moderation.   Green beans and sweet potatoes are often well-liked as is a small amount of well done skinless, boneless turkey.  Pumpkin puree is another food many dogs and cats appreciate.

Show them some extra attention

Take some time out of the busy holiday to play fetch, go for a walk, or just snuggle.

Special treats

While some pets can’t tolerate people food, they may like treats such as a new toy or a turkey-flavored chew bone.

Don’t forget your pet this Thanksgiving.  Take a few moments to think about how much they impact our lives and recognize them this holiday season.

Check out our pet care articles for more tips on taking great care of your pet.

 

Respect Your Elders – Adopt a Senior Pet!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?

Over 50% of pets in shelters will be euthanized, and if you are talking about a pet over the age of 3, the odds are stacked against you.  People often end up taking home bouncy puppies and cuddly kittens, which leaves many great pets without homes.

Many older pets end up in shelters and rescues not because of behavioral or medical problems, but because families just are unable to continue to care for them.  A lot of these pets are well-trained and loving companions. By taking home a mature animal you may be able to skip the not-so-fun parts of adding a new puppy or kitten to the house such as potty-training and chewed up personal items.

Many times, any medical or behavioral problems an older pet might have will have already been identified so that you can make an educated decision about taking on that particular issue.  When it comes time to add another member to your family, strongly consider adopting a senior pet. You will be saving a life and earning a lifetime of love and devotion.

If you are thinking of adopting a senior pet but have concerns, please contact us and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Cancer is a disease that all too commonly affects our pets.  While no animal is immune from this disease, there are some things that you can to do lessen your pet’s chances of developing cancer.

  • Provide good nutrition and weight management for your pet.  Overweight animals and people are at an increased risk of developing cancer.
  • Know your pet’s risk factors.  If you have a purebred pet, be sure you know what types of cancer are most common in the breed and what signs to watch out for.
  • Spay or neuter your pet.  It is never too late, and spaying/neutering has been shown to prevent or reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including breast cancer.
  • Try to keep your pet “clean.”  Do not expose your animal to pesticides, herbicides, asbestos, or cigarette smoke.  For that matter, don’t expose yourself, either!
  • Keep up on wellness visits.  Make sure your pet comes to see us at least once a year to help catch problems early in process.

 

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Monday, November 7th, 2011

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is this week, and what better time to support your local shelter and rescue organizations?

Just take a look at the numbers, it’s not too hard to appreciate the need!

  • There are about 3500 shelters across the United States.  These shelters take care of 6-8 million homeless pets.
  • Only about 50% of pets in shelters ever get adopted.
  • 63% of Americans have pets.  Only about 20% of those pets have been adopted.
  • 25 million puppies and kittens are born every year.  This number far exceeds the number of homes wanting to adopt.

Animal overpopulation is a huge problem, and your local shelter has committed to trying to help the individual animals and the surrounding community.  It is important that the community return the favor through donation, volunteering, and other efforts to help slow the pet overpopulation epidemic. And please be sure to spay or neuter your pets.

 

Are Your Pet’s Vaccinations Up-to-Date?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

My pet is healthy.  It never leaves the house.  Didn’t my pet just get its shots?  These are all common excuses for not having your pet’s vaccinations current.  Here are a few better reasons, though, to make sure they are.

Rabies is not a matter to be taken lightly

People can get rabies, and the health department takes the matter very seriously.  Pets that are not vaccinated and are exposed or bite may be required to be quarantined or even euthanized.  Bats, which are one of the more common carriers in the Ohio area, can often be found indoors.

Many diseases we vaccinate for can be deadly

Diseases such as parvovirus, panleukopenia, and feline leukemia can be deadly, even with treatment.  Why chance it?

Vaccination can prevent costly illness

Upper respiratory infections and other diseases commonly vaccinated for can be costly and frustrating to treat.  While vaccination does not always proved complete protection (similar to flu shots for people), it often greatly decreases the length and severity of illness.